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- Control of Common Pests of Landscape Plants
- Defoliating Insects
- Common Urban Pests: Identification, Prevention, and Control
- Pests of Ornamental Trees, Shrubs and Flowers
Control of Common Pests of Landscape Plants
Wood-boring insects are among the most destructive pests of ornamental trees and shrubs. Most borers are the larvae immature stages of certain moths and beetles. They tunnel and feed under the bark in living wood, destroying water- and sap-conducting tissues.
This causes girdling, branch dieback, structural weakness, and decline and eventual death of susceptible plants. Infestation sites also provide entry points for plant pathogens. Clearwing and flatheaded borers are the main types that attack woody ornamentals. The groups differ somewhat in their habits and host preferences, which can affect the approach for controlling them with insecticides.
The keys to controlling these pests are to keep plants healthy and, if necessary, to treat during those times of the year when the insects are vulnerable to insecticides. Borers rarely infest healthy plants growing in their natural environments. However, when trees or shrubs are transplanted into the landscape, stresses such as drought, soil compaction, sun scald, or injuries can weaken them and make them more susceptible to attack. Adults may locate suitable egg-laying sites by responding to volatile chemicals that emanate from stressed trees.
Adult borers emerge from infested trees in the spring or summer. After mating, the females fly to a suitable host and lay eggs on the bark, often in crevices or around wounds. Hatching occurs about 10 days to 2 weeks later. The young larvae quickly tunnel beneath the bark where they feed and grow. Once inside the tree, borer larvae are no longer vulnerable to insecticide sprays and are seldom detected until serious damage has been done.
Several species of clearwing and flatheaded borers can infest landscape plants. While some are attracted to a range of hosts, most attack only certain kinds of trees and shrubs. It is important to know when the adults of each species are active and which plants are vulnerable in order for treatment to be effective.
Adult clearwing borers are delicate, day-flying moths that resemble small wasps. The moths feed only on nectar or not at all so they do not cause damage. The larvae are whitish, hairless caterpillars with brown heads.
The most damaging clearwing borers are associated with dogwood, lilac, ash, oak, rhododendron, and ornamental Prunus species, including flowering peach, plums, and cherries. Early signs of clearwing borer infestation are wilting of terminal shoots, and branch and crown dieback. Infestation sites often are marked by cankers, calluses, or cracked bark. Large limbs may die or become so weakened that they are easily broken in the wind.
Established trees may persist in poor condition and be re-infested year after year. Clearwing borers expel coarse, brown frass sawdust-like fecal material from cracks in the bark. In some hosts, especially Prunus species, the frass may be mixed with oozing sap or gum. When the adult moth emerges, it leaves an empty, tan shell pupal skin that protrudes from the bark. Feeding holes left by woodpeckers or other birds may indicate that a tree is infested. Properly-timed bark sprays with contact insecticides can prevent infestation of susceptible trees and shrubs.
Chlorantraniliprole Acelepryn , is an effective, bee-friendly option. All of those products are contact insecticides that require proper timing in order to intercept newly hatched clearwing borer as they crawl over or tunnel into the bark. The trunk and main scaffold limbs should be sprayed to runoff but the foliage need not be sprayed.
Systemic insecticides, whether applied as injections or as soil treatments, generally have not given reliable control of clearwing borers. Table 1 includes a list of approximate treatment dates if spraying bark to protect trees from becoming infested by clearwing borers. These timing guidelines are based on several years of monitoring borer flight periods in Kentucky. These are average target dates; the best timing may vary from year to year depending on spring temperatures i.
Indicator plants whose blooming coincides with spray timing for particular borer species are listed in Table 1. Sticky traps baited with lures containing synthetic sex pheromones are another way to fine-tune spray scheduling for borer control.
These lures mimic the scent produced by the virgin female moth when she is ready to mate. Male moths detect the airborne scent from a considerable distance, and they follow the chemical trail upwind to its source.
Hang the trap in a convenient tree or shrub in early spring, and check it weekly until flight begins. Apply your spray 10 to 14 days after the first males are caught, which will coincide with the beginning of the larval hatching period. This provides a protective residue that intercepts the young borers before they can tunnel through the bark.
Apply a second spray if males are still being captured after 6 weeks. Commercial trap kits come with several cardboard traps, instructions, enough bait to last a season, and picture keys for distinguishing the various captured borers. Some borers respond to particular baits, so when ordering traps, specify the borer or tree species that concerns you.
Dogwood borer , Synanthedon scitula , prefers flowering dogwood Cornus florida as its host. Infestations in young trees usually occur in the main trunk, often around lawn mower injuries. Infestations in older trees are likely to be higher up in limb crotches or main limbs and associated with pruning scars, cankers, or cracked bark.
Dogwood trees planted in the sun are more susceptible than trees in the shade. Symptoms include dieback of branches and coarse, sawdust-like frass expelled from cracks in the bark.
This insect species is widely distributed wherever dogwoods are cultivated. Lilac borer , Podosesia syringae , is a pest of lilac, ash, and privet throughout the United States east of the Rockies. Most infestations occur from the root crown up to about 3 feet. This species begins to fly in late April or May. Banded ash clearwing borer , Podosesia aureocincta , attacks only ash, especially green ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica.
The adults resemble lilac borers and may be monitored with the same pheromone lures, but they are active in August and September—well after the lilac borers' flight is finished.
Peachtree borer , Synanthedon exitiosa , and lesser peachtree borer , Synanthedon pictipes , are pests of peach, plum, cherry, and other Prunus species, including both fruit and ornamental varieties. Peachtree borer larvae attack mainly young trees, feeding under the bark from the root crown to about 2 feet above ground level.
The lesser peachtree borer prefers older trees, infesting the upper trunk and main branches, often around wounds, cankers, or other damaged areas. Infestation sites are marked by accumulations of brown frass mixed with sap and gum. Rhododendron borer , Synanthedon rhododendri , attacks rhododendrons and, occasionally, mountain laurel and flowering azaleas. Adult flatheaded borers are fast-moving, flattened, metallic-colored beetles with short antennae.
Larvae are whitish, legless, and the first segment of their thorax is wide and flat just behind the head. They make winding tunnels beneath the bark, destroying phloem and cambium and girdling the trunk or branches. The tunnels may be visible externally as spiral ridges or cankers on the limbs or trunks. Unlike clearwing borers, which expel frass from cracks in the bark, flatheaded borers pack their fine, sawdust-like frass in their tunnels.
Adults emerge from infested trees in spring or summer through characteristic D-shaped holes. With some species such as the flatheaded appletree borer , the bark becomes cracked or cankered at the site of attack. After mating, female borers emerge and lay their eggs on the bark of their preferred host trees.
Unlike young clearwing borers, newly hatched flatheaded borers do not crawl over the bark in search of entry points. Instead, they chew directly into the tree through the bottom of the egg shell. Systemic insecticides applied via trunk injection, basal bark sprays, or as a soil drench are effective against flatheaded borers and they may be the only practical method for treating tall trees.
Newly-transplanted ornamentals and nursery liners can be protected with properly-timed bark sprays of the same types of pyrethroids listed above for clearwing borers. This invasive insect, which has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America, was discovered in Kentucky in The larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees from June through October, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients.
Unless protected, infested trees usually die within 4 to 7 years of attack. All native ash species are susceptible to attack. The insect has been found recently in white fringetree Chionanthus virginicus. Ash trees can be protected from attack by this devastating insect by: 1 a systemic insecticides applied by soil injection or soil drench dinetofuran, imidacloprid , 2 systemic injections applied as trunk injections azadirachtin, emamectin benzoate, imidacloprid , or 3 a systemic insecticide applied as a lower trunk spray dinetofuran.
Options vary with tree size diameter at breast height. Homeowners may use products that contain either dinetofuran or imidacloprid. Bronze birch borer Agrilus anxius is a severe pest of white or paper birch in the landscape. With successive years of attack, the tree becomes progressively weaker until it is killed.
Dead or dying limbs will have numerous D-shaped adult exit holes, each about the size of a BB shot. In Kentucky, adults begin emerging and laying eggs in mid-May. The flatheaded appletree borer , Chrysobothris femorata , is a severe pest of small, stressed landscape trees, especially flowering crab apples, hawthorns, and maples during the first year or two after they are transplanted.
This borer may attack almost any hardwood tree that is stressed by defoliation, sun scald, drought, soil compaction, or mechanical injury. It makes broad winding tunnels under the bark, destroying the phloem, cambium, and outer xylem.
The full-grown larva is about an inch long, legless, and yellow-white. A single borer can girdle and kill a small tree. The adults emerge and begin to lay eggs in late May or early June in Kentucky. Stressed trees and shrubs tend to be more susceptible to borer infestation, so plant health care is a first line of defense:. The use of some products may not be legal in your state or country. Please check with your local county agent or regulatory official before using any pesticide mentioned in this publication.
Insect Borers of Trees and Shrubs.
Ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers have always been extremely popular and in large demand. Whether in gardens or parks, common usage of alpines, bedding plants, cacti, cut flowers, house plants and pot plants, as well as herbaceous plants, ornamental grasses, shrubs and trees makes a definitive volume on their pests of essential value to entomologists and plant scientists. The fully revised and updated second edition of Pests of Ornamental Trees, Shrubs and Flowers follows up the successful previous edition with coverage of many new pests and highly detailed color photographs. The book opens with a review of the main features of insects, mites and other major pest groups. Each major order and family of pests is considered in turn, with details of their status, host range, world distribution, diagnostic features and biology. Descriptions of the characteristic damage caused are also given.
Managing common insects, weeds, plant diseases and certain animal pests found in the backyard can be a challenge. However, there are a number of ways to approach the problem. Information in this publication will help identify and manage pest problems. Pest management methods will vary among individuals according to their tolerance of the pest, the damage and a basic philosophy about handling pest problems. It may not be necessary to control pests if numbers are low and damage is not significant.
Common Urban Pests: Identification, Prevention, and Control
Larger images and a detailed description can be downloaded and printed of each lawn disease pictured. Aphids are small soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices. High aphid populations can cause leaves to yellow, curl, or drop early.
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Pests of Ornamental Trees, Shrubs and Flowers
Many species of insects or mites attack Georgia landscape plants. Homeowners have difficulty controlling these pests because they often are either not aware of the problem until both the infestation and the damage are extensive or they may apply insecticides improperly or at the wrong time. An effective pest control program on landscape plants begins with proper plant selection. First, select plants that are less prone to insect problems when designing, purchasing or replacing landscape plants.
Wood-boring insects are among the most destructive pests of ornamental trees and shrubs. Most borers are the larvae immature stages of certain moths and beetles. They tunnel and feed under the bark in living wood, destroying water- and sap-conducting tissues. This causes girdling, branch dieback, structural weakness, and decline and eventual death of susceptible plants. Infestation sites also provide entry points for plant pathogens. Clearwing and flatheaded borers are the main types that attack woody ornamentals. The groups differ somewhat in their habits and host preferences, which can affect the approach for controlling them with insecticides.
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